The best Windows tablets 2018: all of the top Windows tablets reviewed

Best Windows tablets

In 2018, the best Windows tablets keep getting more and more compelling. They’re not just great tablets for consuming content, but because of their lightweight and powerful nature, they make for some of the best 2-in-1 laptops you can buy today. The top windows tablets are truly the best of both worlds.

The best Windows tablets are so adaptable that they can span a wide variety of different use cases. From power-heavy behemoths like the Surface Pro, to portable devices that you can just watch the odd Netflix show on, like the Acer Switch 5, everyone will be able to find the best Windows tablet for them. Plus, anyone who’s been waiting for a cheaper Surface device should check out the Surface Go – it changes everything for Windows 10 tablets.  

That’s why we went ahead and gathered up all the top Windows tablets you can buy today. No matter your preference, you can be sure that you’ll get a great Windows experience out of any of these tablets.  

Best Windows tablets

1. Microsoft Surface Pro

The best all-around Windows tablet

CPU: 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-7660U | Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 12.3-inch, 2,736 x 1,824 PixelSense display | Storage: 512GB SSD | Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.1 | Camera: 8MP rear-facing, 5MP front-facing | Weight: 1.73 pounds | Size: 11.5 x 7.93 x 0.33 inches (W x D x H)

Hugely improved battery life
Much better Surface Pen
Surface Pen pulled from package
Only Core i7 can challenge A10X

The sequel to the extremely popular Surface Pro 4, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 has completely stolen the spotlight of its predecessor and is worth all the attention in the world. Not only does it see massive battery gains in the neighborhood of 32%, but it now features an updated Kaby Lake processor, as well. Plus, even though it’s no longer included, the Surface Pen now has a whopping 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity. 

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro

2. Microsoft Surface Go

Small size, big value

CPU: Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615 | RAM: 4GB - 8GB | Screen: 10.5-inch 1,800 x 1,200 PixelSense touch display | Storage: 64GB eMMC - 128GB SSD | Connectivity: 802.11ac; Bluetooth | Camera: 8MP rear, 5MP front | Weight: 1.15 lbs (522 g) | Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.9 x 0.33 inches

Affordable 
Light and easy to hold 
Not as powerful as the iPad 

People have been asking for a budget Surface device for years and thankfully, the wait is finally over. The Microsoft Surface Go, simply put, is the best Windows tablet for anyone on the go. Thin, light, portable and elegant without sacrificing the ability to get some work done, Microsoft has packed in everything they could in a device at a low price point. If you’re a student, or just someone that wants to consume some media while traveling, you can’t go wrong with the Microsoft Surface Go – you can even play some of the best laptop games on an airplane. 

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Go 

3. Acer Switch 5

A great Surface Pro alternative

CPU: Intel Core i5-7200U | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 12-inch, 2,160 x 1,440 IPS touchscreen | Storage: 256GB SSD | Connectivity: 802.11ac; Bluetooth | Camera: 3MP rear, 1MP front | Weight: 2.8 pounds | Dimensions: 11.49 x 7.94 x 0.62 inches

Great price 
Solid performance 
Dim display 

If you want the versatility that the Surface Pro offers, but don’t want to pay the exorbitant price that a competent model asks, you might want to check out the Acer Switch 5. You’ll lose a bit in screen resolution and sound quality, but you’re saving hundreds of dollars. The Acer Switch 5 is one of the best Windows tablets for any students or professionals who need to get work done on the go, and save some cash at the same time.

Read the full review: Acer Switch 5 

Best Windows tablets

4. Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

The ultimate Windows 10 media tablet

CPU: 900MHz Intel Core M3-6Y30 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 12-inch Super AMOLED Full HD+ (2,160 × 1,440 resolution) multi-touch | Storage: 128GB SSD | Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, VHT80 MIMO, Bluetooth v4.1 | Camera: 5MP front-facing webcam; 5MP rear camera | Weight: 2.4 pounds | Dimensions: 11.43 x 7.83 x 0.64 inches

Impeccably thin
Vibrant Super AMOLED display
Flimsy keyboard base

While it features a 6th generation Intel processor, the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is a knockout 12-inch tablet that manages to be thinner and lighter than most Windows tablets. It also has a beautiful AMOLED screen that you won’t find on any other Windows device, plus a pair of high-quality speakers that sound better than most other tablet speakers. The keyboard is a bit iffy, but if you’re looking for a tablet to watch some Netflix on, the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is the best windows tablet for you. 

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

5. HP Spectre x2

Fighting fire with spiffier fire

CPU: Intel Core i7-7560U | Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 12.3-inch, 3,000 x 2,000 WLED-backlit multi-touch-enabled edge-to-edge glass | Storage: 360GB PCIe SSD | Connectivity: Intel 802.11b/g/n/ac (2x2) Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.2 | Camera: 5MP webcam and HP IR camera with integrated dual array digital microphone (front-facing); HP 13MP camera (rear-facing) | Weight: 2.49 pounds | Dimensions: 11.57 x 8.15 x 0.52 inches (W x D x H)

Elegant design
Laudable performer
Finicky trackpad
Weak battery life

Originally designed as a budget alternative to the Surface Pro, HP has redesigned the Spectre x2 to vie for Microsoft’s crown. In many ways, we have to admit it succeeds. The HP Spectre x2 rocks a 7th-generation Kaby Lake i7 CPU at a lower price point – it even looks better than the Surface Pro. It gets better, the Active Pen and keyboard come packaged in – which we still wish was the case with the Surface Pro. 

Read our full review: HP Spectre x2

Gabe Carey has also contributed to this article